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HUD Recommends Backing off on Park Models

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, on a recent round of committee meetings by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) concerning regulations governing park model RVs. Two months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a memo that threatened to cause problems for RV parks and campgrounds with park model RVs as well the manufacturers of the RVs, an advisory committee... Read more

Winnebago Reports Steady Traffic At Louisville

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers examine product at Winnebago’s Louisville exhibit While The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., didn’t set any attendance records, Scott Degnan, Winnebago Industries Inc. vice president of sales and product management, says the Forest City, Iowa, manufacturer was pleased with the show’s traffic and outcome. ”We had a very good show,” Degnan said. ”I’ve seen a lot of good ones and... Read more

GE Capital Survey: Expectations High for 2015

December 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Optimism remains high in the recreational vehicle industry, according to survey results released today by GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business. GE Capital reported that 41% of survey respondents said they expect sales to rise 5% to 10% next year, and an additional 26% expect RV sales to grow 10% to 15%. This is similar to last year’s sentiment, where 37% of respondents thought their sales would grow 5% to 10%. “The RV industry has reason to feel optimistic once again,... Read more

RV Dealers See ’15 Growth after National Show

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Dealers shop Coachmen’s product exhibit in Louisville The buyers are back. Consumers, enticed by an unprecedented run of low interest rates and inspired by a highly diverse, amenity-loaded product mix, are seeing RVs as an attractive option for their discretionary dollar. The crowds that converged at this year’s flurry of consumer shows offered repeated testimony that RVers are in a buying mood. And, as the retail community convened in Louisville, Ky., last week for the 52nd running of the... Read more

‘Soft’ Louisville Show Fueling Continued Debate

December 9, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Attendees check out displays in Louisville Now that the industry has returned from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show, Dec. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the debate over the viability of the industry’s trade shows – and whether there’s just too many of them – appears to be gaining momentum. Attendance at this year’s Louisville Show, a traditional venue including more than 755,500 square feet, 57 manufacturers... Read more

RVIA Says Louisville Show Attendance Falls 3%

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show, which concluded in Louisville, Ky., yesterday (Dec. 4), reported attendance for the three-day event was 7,525 representing a 3% decrease from 7,751 last year. Dealer attendance dropped 4% year-over-year from 2,548 in 2013 to 2,454 while the total number of buyers showed a 2% decline from 2,874 to 2,813. In addition, manufacturer exhibitors decreased 12% to 1,548 and the number of supplier exhibitors was flat, down... Read more

Coon: Shipments will Top 361,000 Units in 2015

December 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA President Richard Coon The recreational vehicle industry’s shipments will total 361,400 units in 2015, a 3.9% increase above the projected 2014 total of 348,000, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon announced at the kickoff event to the industry’s annual trade show. The new forecast was prepared by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, and released at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, held annually in Louisville, Ky. “This is a great time to be part of... Read more

Thor Industries Reporting 15% Q1 Sales Growth

December 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. reported a 15% increase in sales from continuing operations for its first fiscal quarter compared to the same period year ago and an 8% boost in net income. “Thor posted solid improvements in net sales and income from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 driven by continuing growth in both our motorized and towable operations,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO, in the company’s announcement. “Looking ahead, we... Read more

RVIA: October RV Shipments are Best in 38 Years

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale deliveries of all RVs tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) accelerated in October, climbing 30.1% from September and besting the October 2013 total by 11.2%. Total shipments of all RVs were reported at 32,346 units in October, making it the best October in 38 years. On a seasonally adjusted basis, October shipments this year were at an annualized rate of more than 385,000 units.  Gains by travel trailers, fifth-wheels and all types of motorhomes led the surge... Read more

Debate Lingers, Despite Impressive RVDA Show

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Vendors saw steady traffic as RVDA reported a 22% increase in attendance The status and future of the RV industry’s late year trade events was a popular topic a year and a half ago until the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) essentially stood its ground and moved its 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo from the usual Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino to Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. That, along with a shift to a later date, pretty much iced the conversation for the time... Read more

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